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    Cool Re: GRE preparation: is MAGOOSH BEST??

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    Magoosh has been around for quite some time now, they have high quality test (I have tried some free sources they provide) and would recommend it.

    However, you should try free practice tests first before investing. There are a lot of test prep companies who provide free tests, try Preped for instance. They have a LOT of free practice tests coming from different GRE Gurus (Vince Kotchian and Rich Carriero - not sure of the correct spelling though) or test prep company (Nove Press and Greenlight)

    Hope my insights help!

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    Re: GRE preparation: is MAGOOSH BEST??

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny Gupta View Post
    I agree with that Sunny, You can also check out this website if you need more materials and guidance.

    Cheers and Happy Prepping.

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    Re: GRE preparation: is MAGOOSH BEST??

    I think it's more important to focus on how you're studying, more so than what materials you're using. You should identify what GRE skills give you the most difficulty, then practice on those.

    It's really easy to fall into a trap of just mindlessly going from question to question, crossing your fingers and just hoping that a lot of study time and effort will instantly transfer into a massive score increase. You'll have better luck if you make an excel spreadsheet where you identify the skills where you're getting questions wrong, and then focus on your weakest skills first. If you target practice and improve your performance skill by skill, before you know it you’ll be seeing a clear increase in your GRE score and soon enough, you’ll be hitting and exceeding your target GRE score.

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    Re: GRE preparation: is MAGOOSH BEST??

    Hi Nill, if you are looking for online, my experience has been best with Jamboree

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    Re: GRE preparation: is MAGOOSH BEST??

    My GRE experience:
    Score: 326(V-156, Q-170) AWA 3.5
    Mock test scores range:
    Manhattan 320-326
    Kaplan 312-325
    Powerprep 1: 322(Q-167, V-155)
    Powerprep 2: 322(Q-169, V-153)
    Prepared for around 4 months with intense preparation for the past one month.
    Resources:
    ETS Official Guide(The best prep book out there)
    Manhattan RC, TC & SE, 5 lb
    Magoosh(This was particularly helpful. More on that later.)
    I started with the Nova 400 word list on www.memrise.com Quite a few of these words appeared on the test. Also, I went through the Manhattan 1000, but they were not as frequent as Nova's 400.
    For Verbal, I went through the strategies mentioned in Manhattan TC & SE and RC book. They were useful. Manhattan contains a few obscure words here and there. But what worked for me was Magoosh video lessons and their explanations to practice problems. I found a huge similarity in the type of questions asked in real GRE Verbal and Magoosh questions, especially RCs. Also, reading vocab in context is necessary and if you read a lot of novels or are a heavy Quora user, that would help. If you plan to give your GRE next year, my suggestion would be to start reading from a screen instead of books. Buy e-books instead of conventional ones.
    For Quant, I didn't prepare a lot. I just went through a few topics which were unfamiliar such as SD. If you want to practice, 5 lb book is the best. It contains questions of various difficulty levels.
    For essays, I went through the tips mentioned in Manhattan guide and wrote 2-3 essays and got it graded. You can get your essays graded on www.testbig.com but I doubt their effectiveness. Another useful trick of getting your essays graded is registering for Princeton tests. Even if you don't take the tests, just write the essays and get them graded, the tips given would certainly help.
    One major advice, stay calm on the final day, reach an hour early and you'll end up scoring well. My GRE score was my best test score and that's what matters.
    So, yes Magoosh was particularly helpful for Verbal but when complemented with practice from other sources as well.
    There's a way to get Magoosh GRE 6 month plan for 89$ instead of regular 149$ which I've explained here: How to get Magoosh GRE 6 month plan for 89$ instead of 149$…
    Any questions are welcome...

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